Sunday, 26 December 2010

Let it dough!

Where better to way to spend Christmas than holed up in the kitchen baking, illustrator Christoph Niemann, who also brought us Lego NY, has been baking with his kids and creating some ace dough shapes. More can be seen on his N.Y. Times Blog.

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, filled with good laughs and food!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Daito Manabe

Daito Manabe has worked some more on his brilliant electric stimulus sensors and extended the beats to the rest of the body.

He's also used it to control his friends faces with his own.

And made a Nike Music Shoe, his website and blog are full of amazing works.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

I wait here for you forever as long as it takes

Stefan Marx is one of my all time favourites. He's got some great zines and books out, as well as whole line of t-shirts with his label Lousy Livin' Company which can be bought through Cleptomanicx. A nice interview with him on Cat's Forehead.

Contrast and Compare

A short documentary video of an example of school bullying in Japan and strict control and pressure throughout childhood and later life. It can be viewed by clicking here, embedding not allowed sadly... picture from DaCafe I don't know much about it, as unfortunately it is in japanese, but from what you can see it is a photographer taking very idyllic pictures of his very adorable family, a happy contrast to the video.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Das Ständehaus

A peek preview of artist Tom Milnes' film for The One Minutes, which features Düsseldorf's Ständehaus, home of K21.

In The Loop teaser from Tom Milnes on Vimeo.

Holger Pohl

Cool! Metafrühstück by Holger Pohl

via Hui-Hui

Late Shift

Spätschicht in Flingern. The initiative behind this, is for the shops of Flingern to open their doors one Thursday a month.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Flingern Wiki

Today I learnt a little bit about the area I live in from Wikipedia.

Flingern Düsseldorf

Flingern is a former blue-collar borough of Düsseldorf. Located northeast of Düsseldorf (proper), it is divided into two boroughs today: Flingern-Nord and Flingern-Süd. While Flingern-Nord has a younger population and is more attractive to middle-class families, Flingern-Süd is still mostly home to working class people.

Flingern was first mentioned in 1193 as a forested area that was ruled by the Knights Hayc of Flingern. In the 13th and 14th centuries the City of Düsseldorf grew on the grounds of the Knights Hayc von Flingern. By the end of the 14th century the knights lost their influence.

During the Industrial Revolution Flingern became an industrial and working class town and to this day it has many old and new factories. Only the old facade remains of the old baths of the early 20th century, which has been converted into a modern wellness center on the inside. An old steel factory was converted to a popular discothèque called Stahlwerk and was one of the early venues playing Techno music in the 1990s.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Erste Advent

There's nothing I love more than paper. It's amazing to see what people have made out of paper. Now that the Christmas period has officially begun there's even more reason to get crafty with paper. United Fakes have some great short films on their vimeo page.

JOYEUX NOËL from UnitedFakes on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

It's a real dance, chance romance.

I am a big fan of Koki Tanaka's work, I almost forgot about him though until YouTube informed me that he "liked" this video. Which I'm glad it did as I revisited his website and found some great new work.

"An approach to an old house."

Thursday, 25 November 2010

愛 日本

A lot of wow's and ahh's whilst looking at this blog Kirai, a blog written by a spaniard in Tokyo, showing all the cool and crazy things he finds there.

Umbrella Vending Machine

MacBook Air = Chopsticks

Super creepy lady robot.

Really interesting article about growing vegetables underground with LED lights too, I've always wanted to grow my own vegetables, will it be more efficient to grow indoors in the future? 

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Holepunch Typeface

Be Happy Crackers

oshiawase ni and Knäckebrot

Press my buttons.

>> Why just play a record when you can wear it too? 

Playbutton is a wearable button that plays music: A record that plays itself.

The content is pre-recorded and cannot be changed or downloaded. Like an album the sequence of the music can not be altered.

Playbutton controls Play/Pause, Skip and Volume Functions. Playbutton's audio output and battery charger are shared in one jack, and the button exterior can be designed as album art, or to otherwise correspond with the content behind it. Playbutton is affixed with a pinback. it plays music on a re-chargeable lithium battery the casing is made of stainless steel. Playbutton measures 4.5 centimeters in diamtere and 0.7 centimeters in thickness. It weighs 10.8 grams. 

Designed and manufactured by Parte LLC, A New York Company. 

Parte LLC are > Nick Dangerfield, Victor Esther G., Jim Colvill, Anne Ishii, Oscar Alcaraz, Napi Riviera, Jun Akaike and Taichi Hiruma. <<

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

This belongs to Sabine

I love this! The insides of fridges have always intrigued me, this is a very nice colour coded illustration of the inside of a communal fridge by Kristin Nohe.


Monday, 15 November 2010

Fling Gern

Düsseldorf Flingern is my hood. Unfortunately I don't spend much time in it because I'm a little bit lazy and find it all a bit too spread out, which is a shame as it has so many lovely places to go. Today I ventured through the borough in the rain and was sad to see a lot of places had closed although some were being replaced by pop up stores which are also nice to see, it is sad to see the end of others. The area is quite a creative rich area, with some beautiful old buildings and tree lined "Allees", the cafes and bars are also quite bohemian and aesthetically faddy in a way creating a unique type community, this can be seen with posters with great graphics promoting events and fellow businesses of the area. I especially love all the different typefaces and tiles!

 Watch out for a lot more Flingern based posts.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Food Regret.

Had Matjes on bread for Abendbrot the other eve. Turns out Matjes aren't my cup of tea. I don't like food regrets.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Sweet Dreams

A very lovely animation from Operture to send me off to dream some.

BLESS from Overture on Vimeo.

Wauw, so nice! Watch their showreel too.

Pythagora Switch ピタゴラスイッチ

Mornings have become quite a long and harrowing procedure since winter popped by, and has got me dreaming of machines which can make this a much more simpler and pleasant process, which lead to watching a handful of Rube Goldberg machines (not Rune Glifberg, as I often misname them). Like Yuri Suzuki's Ontbijt Maschine and PeeWee Hermann's Breakfast Machine, I wanted something that would involve a meal. Having fallen for convenience food lately and loaded up on instant packs of ramen, I felt this would be a simple act of arranging a course from my room to a kettle over a bowl, but this has been done. So, the point being, I'd like to make one of these, and will do, don't know what it'll do but it will be practical as hell.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Marina Ekroos.

Kitsuné's online Journal recently did a short article on Marina Ekroos photos of food. She's laid out the food in a visually stimulating way, which also aids in following the steps of a recipe, a little similar to the Ikea post I wrote about.